NaNoWriMo – The End

NaNoWriMo is over for another year, well done to everyone who got to the finish line and to everyone who took part. Remember every word you write is one more than you had before.
I feel much better about my work this year than I did at this time last year. As I have mentioned many times before, last year was a dud. However, with lots of work during the year I managed to put out a much better first (technically second draft) than last year. It is far form perfect, there is so much I still need to research and re-write, but at least it is in a better shape than last year.
But before I do anything of this, I will put the project away in a drawer and let it rest while I finish off this year with editing the last bits of another project. This project is part of my 20 goals before 2020 I will finish these edits before December 31 so that I can tick off another goal.
Then some rest. Hopefully. Unless I decide to start another project that has been floating around in my mind lately. We’ll see.

NaNo-2019-Winner-Congrats

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November LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LAST. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.

This will also be my last LAST list as I won’t be typing on New Year’s Eve, some days you have to take off.

10 things I won’t keep in my NaNoWriMo novel
1. The Title
2. My ramblings from week 3
3. The big research hole in the beginning of the story
4. The first sentence
5. The first paragraph
6. The name of a minor character
7. A bunch of spelling mistakes
8. A bunch of grammatical mistakes
9. The dip in tension in the middle of the story
10. The ending (too tame)

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NaNoWriMo – Almost there

Last week and a half, almost there fellow WriMos!

I have managed to keep on top of my word count, always a few hundred words over the average to keep the bar above the illusive diagonal line on the NaNoWriMo website (even though the continued problems with the word count tracker is driving me nuts some times, my timeline looks like a roller coaster which is not true). I am an overachiever, I admit it. If I am told I need to do 1667 words every day to reach 50 000 words by the end of the month, I will do at least 1700 words every day, just because. Tricking my brain to do a little bit more every day, will help push me forwards.
This is also a time for me to start looking ahead to finish my other writing goals for the year. I will try to finish up my edits for two other projects for the year, ending the year on a high before returning to this project early next year.

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NaNoWriMo – Half way mark

We’re heading toward the midway mark on NaNoWriMo, my output has slowed down a little but I am not too worried. This always happen around this time.
I am starting to think of the extra time I will have in December when I no longer have to spend two hours (at least) per day writing. This might seem counter intuitive, but it actually spurs me on, thinking ahead makes me want to get there sooner so I work more to make it come sooner. If I reach 50 000 words before the end of the month, it’s a win and I have earned some days extra rest. Tomorrow I plan to reach 25 000 words, a day early.

My reward for reaching 25 000 words? A trip to the stationary store!

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NaNoWriMo – 1st week

We’re closing in on the first week of NaNoWriMo, almost seven full days written. This is the time in the novel writing process where words are flowing quite well and the story is still in its infancy. The fictional world is slowly forming and everything is possible.
My story already feels familiar to me, because of all the work I have done on it over the year, and it feels like I am returning to an old friend every day. This has definitely helped me in the process so far, even though I am a little worried that all too soon I am going to run out of things to write about and the story will start feeling dry and repetitive.
Until then though, I will enjoy the ease of writing and hit above my word count every day to build up a buffer for slumps later in the month.

If you’re doing NaNoWriMo this year, how’s your novel going?

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And we’re off!

As many previous years, I relish the midnight writing to get my NaNoWriMo project going. Coffee and treats at the ready, a few last adventures in to the forums, before the clock strikes midnight. Then the feeling of accomplishment the first time I update my word count.
This year I am a NaNo rebel re-writing my novel from last year. It is more or less a whole new novel though, even if the premises of some of the scenes have stayed the same.
Now for some hours of sleep before waking up early tomorrow morning to try to finish my word count for the day, before heading to work.

Check back later in the month to see how I am doing.

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October LAST

This year I have skipped from FIRSTS to LAST. My goal is to make a top ten list of something that happened to me during the month. The lists will be as topical as I chose, it might associate with something I have done, read or experienced during the month, or it might depend on you! Because if you have any suggestions for potential future lists please leave a comment below and I’ll try my best to accommodate you.

Ten things I have prepared for my midnight writing for this year’s NaNoWriMo

1. Coffee
2. Snacks
3. Nap (completed)
4. Computer charged
5. NaNoWriMo midnight forum checked out
6. Outline printed
7. Picture board complete
8. Scrivner project created
9. Notebook filled with inspiration
10. Alarm set

Check back after midnight (GMT) to see how many words I completed in the first hour.

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I’m a rebel!

This year I return to the novel I absolutely failed last year. The historical novel I tried to write, and struggled my way through was so terrible that I had to re-write the whole thing.
I have spent this year re-writing the outline, make it more detailed and historical accurate. I also spent more time researching the era (Germany in the 1950s) and feel more prepared to write the story I want to write. I don’t expect the novel to be perfect this time around either, my first drafts rarely are. Especially during NaNoWriMo, rewrites are inevitable, but I am already in a better place to make something I will be proud of and won’t hate (which was the feeling last November). I am confident that I will enjoy the journey this time around much more.

Bring on November!

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STOP wasting water

My next big project to lessen my impact on the environment is water wastage. There are a few annoying habits I have, such as leaving the shower on while shampooing my hair and washing dishes under running water. These are habits that I often don’t even realise I’m doing until I already finished the task. Small and easy habits to change, and it is time to change it. Using my trusty Bullet Journal, I have created a spread where I will record the days when I have wasted water. Hopefully this will prompt me to avoid these annoying habits.

Stop wasting water

Next project is STOP wasting water

 

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20 goals before 2020

Setting up goals for the end of the year is something I have done for the last couple of years. I first heard about it through BohoBerry a couple of years ago and have continued to do it every year as I find it useful as a tool to finish the year strong.
This year I made a long list of goals I have yet to complete from the beginning of the year and some that have cropped up throughout the year but I have never really managed to verbalise. I then picked my top 20 things that I know would make me feel better by the end of the year if they were completed. Finally, I divided them into categories (Personal, Writing, Work, Finance), to better keep track of them, before putting them in my trusty bullet journal as a reminder. Most of them are small tasks that fall behind larger projects, but need to be completed too.
Now it is just to set to work.

Goal 20 before 2020

20 before 2020 spread in my Bullet Journal

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